A few weeks ago, we talked about resisting the temptation to immediately change everything when stepping into a new role as worship leader or worship director in our post, Put Down The Hammer. This time I wanted to expand on the idea of serving people and talk about the idea of being a pastor of people instead of programs.

Any leader in a growing church will tell you their most pressing, on-going need, is volunteer recruitment. If you are a small group pastor, you are looking for group leaders. If you are a youth pastor, you probably need youth workers and someone to drive a van. If you are a worship pastor, you are looking for musicians, singers, sound techs, lighting tech, etc…

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We had the chance to ask Aaron Shust a few questions about leading worship and life. Here’s what he had to say… What are your roles and responsibilities in your church?

I’m an elder at Crestmont Alliance Church outside of Pittsburgh, PA. I meet at least once a month with some of my dearest friends on the planet for food, fellowship, theological discussions and to address the issues at hand. It’s a wonderful time of worship and I always look forward to it. I’m a non-staff Ministry Leader of the Worship Ministry where I oversee the vision and direction of the church’s worship as it pertains to our corporate singing. I handle the scheduling of the volunteers on Planning Center and implement healthy systems for the delegation of planning and executing all aspects of the Sunday service; from rehearsal to walk-in music to congregational readings…

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Revival by Soulfire Revolution

Revival is an upbeat, high-energy song by Soulfire Revolution. They are part of a very large church, in Bogota, Colombia, that is experiencing an incredible movement of God, very similar to what is happening all over the world.

Each week, Soulfire Revolution sees at least 2,000 people commit their life to Christ! Revival speaks to this spiritual renewal that they are witnessing every week through their ministry.

We are excited to introduce you to Soulfire Revolution and the incredible songs they are writing for the church. Check out Revival, which will be a great way to start your service, as well as the other songs we have up (also available in Spanish).

Revival, hearts on fire
Holy Spirit rain down, change from the inside
Oh-a-oh, Oh-a-Oh

Listen to the audio, watch the New Song Cafe, download the Free Lead Sheet, and leave a comment on the blog to let us know what you think!

Confidence Unshaken

Sarah Hart —  August 9, 2013

Summer of 1985: I brooded, in all my teenage glory, on my front porch on Maple Street around midnight. Bonding with my Scorpions cassette, “Rock You Like A Hurricane” on constant rewind. I had less confidence than a sandwich, was moody and sullen, restless leaning toward reckless. Oozing dissatisfaction. Going through the motions of living, waiting and waiting and waiting. Thinking to myself, “God, I hate this town and I want out. I’ll get out. Nothing good ever happens in this place; why the heck did you plant me here? I want more.”

I did, eventually, leave that little town (which now, most days, I want to go back to!). I’ve been blessed to spend these 20 years now traveling, and meeting so many gifted music ministers all across the country who are doing the work of the church; which is quite hard and often impossible, thankless work. I’m inspired by the talent, the time, the selflessness that I see; the deep desire and beautiful ability to bring the hearts of worshippers to a different level with just the offering of a song. Many times, I see the joy poured out with every note. But also many times, I see the hurt on some of those musicians faces; “I am so tired. Are they even listening? My confidence is shaken. I really want more. God, please, is this it? Why did you plant me here? I want to be satisfied…”

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Don’t Become Shark Bait

Josh Pauley —  August 7, 2013

I grew up on the coast. Being so close to the ocean, I spent a lot of my time on the sandy shores of the beach. When you grow up around water and it’s all you know you are sometimes tempted to take chances that really aren’t the smartest decisions. When hurricanes were off the coast creating massive swells you’d head out to surf or bodyboard. When there was a strong under toe and they posted “No Swimming” signs, you’d still swim, because those were meant for tourists and people who didn’t grow up with the ocean as their swimming pool!
However, there was one thing you didn’t do… you didn’t become shark bait. If there were sharks spotted in the area, you didn’t get in the water. It was an easy decision and one that no one ever questioned….

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Aaron began writing Mighty Fortress two days before his youngest son was born. He had been reading through the verses that talk about fixing our eyes on Jesus and our hearts and minds on the things above. As he read he thought he wanted to write a song inspired by these verses but wanted to put a little bit of a twist on them. He wanted to write about the things that God will not do.

Two days after beginning Mighty Fortress, his son was born with Down Syndrome, a major heart defect, and profoundly deaf in one ear and severely deaf in the other. It was a devastating day for his family. Their world had been rocked…

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Casino Some Ideas

Elias Dummer —  August 5, 2013

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From time to time we will post a list of music we like, titled “What We’re Listening To.” We hope to give a specific theme to each list to make it a little more exciting and we want you all to join in with us too! So look over our lists and then leave your own list in the comments. We can’t wait to see what you are listening to as well.

The theme this time is On An Endless Road Trip. Here’s the criteria for each list…

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What if your church couldn’t pay you for leading worship, would you do it anyway? Would there be a noticeable difference in the quality of the worship?

This question has generated much discussion here on the blog. Many of you have commented with strong opinions on the idea of getting paid to lead worship or any other type of ministry. Seems like this is a topic that needs to be fleshed out further…

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Anchor by Hillsong LIVE

Josh Pauley —  July 30, 2013

Anchor was written by Ben Fielding & Dean Ussher. Though inspired by Hebrews 6:19 that says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul…,” it had a more personal connection for Dean when he first heard it. Just a few months earlier Dean and his wife had lost a baby and the very passage that Ben had used to start the idea for a song was what they had used to get them through that tough time in life. They knew once they started that they had to finish the song.

We have an unshakable promise through the hope of the cross. When men swear by something, they swear by something higher than themselves to seal their promise. Because there is no other name higher than the name of God, He put an end to all arguments and sealed our hope of everlasting life with Him by the sacrifice of His Son…

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